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  • 07 Jun 2016 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    My Last Day

    It's a weird one, that's for sure. OurCamden has been part of my life for over four years, and today I leave my operational role. It's also the day we get to publish our first impact report. A nice way to finish. Make sure you have a good read of it. It's very encouraging.

    The vision we had for OurCamden was (and still is) a very bold one. We want to reduce the impact of loneliness. Camden is up there with the highest levels of social isolation in the UK, yet it is the most amazing, vibrant and very busy borough. And we wanted to do it without becoming another support service- Camden already has a fair few of those (although thanks to government cuts, there are getting less- don't get me started!). We want to appeal to people who didn't need “support” but rather create opportunity: Opportunities to meet new people, to try new things, to save a wee bit of money with local businesses, to connect with this stunning borough, and most of all opportunities for people to be themselves and use their skills for the greater good. Bold eh!

    And without getting too X Factor about it, it has been a hell of a journey. Some of it so hard, and so bad it would've been easy to chuck in the towel. But that stuff is for another day.

    Today is a good day. A day when the torch gets firmly passed on. A day to say thank you.

    Because OurCamden wouldn't be where it is without a pile of people. There's Richard, our original commissioner from the Council, who had enough drive to commit to finding a new way of doing things! There's Gary from Age UK Camden, who thought my wee vision had something about it, that was worth pursuing. There's the board, who gave up their time as volunteers. (We got there!) There's staff and volunteers: Sass, Tricia, Sumbo, Dee, Justine, Mary, and Annie. Thanks.

    I just want to especially thank Sass. Without Sass there would've been times I would have chucked it all in. We were a great pairing. Me the eternal optimist, you the cynical realist keeping my feet on the ground and leading the way to the bin with some of my more fanciful plans. Between the two of us we had enough realism and optimism to make it work. I have found a friend for life!

    And Dee too: What a stroke of bloody luck it was when she trudged up the steps to the interview room and nervously shared her presentation with us. Dee has been a revelation and is a complete star. You members are so fortunate to have her. Her commitment to you is beyond parallel and I am delighted that Dee is continuing to play her part in making membership of OurCamden such a positive thing.

    My thanks to Sam and HCCT for having the vision to see how OurCamden can carry on as part of your organisation, adding to the great work you already do.

    Most of all, I want to thank members for joining. I have had the enormous privilege of getting to know some of the most wonderful people. Lively, funny, and full of spirit. Even the awkward ones amongst you, we need you too ( although a little tolerance sometimes would be good). It has been an utter delight. I hope you all continue to enjoy being a member.

    Here's to a great OurCamden future


    Graham x 

  • 21 Jan 2016 1:35 PM | Justine McLaughlin


    Present an evening of featured Poets with Open Mic

    on Friday 22nd January 2016 

    Thereafter on the 3rd Friday of the month

    with Jason Why MC

    7.30pm till late

    line up includes, Tara Fleur, Grim Chip, The Stokey Bard, Elllae Harris, Chuqual Billy, Beck Fury, Office Girl Goes Crazy, Nick Eisen, David Lee Morgon and Anthony Fairweather


    Tea House Theatre

    139 Vauxhall Walk London SE!! 9RL


    Please click here for information

  • 10 Dec 2015 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    We are a bunch of soppy gits at OurCamden and don't want to let the Christmas thing to go by without a special showing of It's a Wonderful Life. 

    Join Dee  at 11am on Christmas Eve for a special showing of this great film. We might even be persuaded to share a mince pie or two! 

    We are showing it at The Members Lounge so spaces are limited! 

    Hope to see you there! 

  • 04 Dec 2015 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    Win a ticket to see A Christmas Carol on Monday night! Due to a change in someone's life, we have a ticket going spare...

    Posted by Our Camden on Thursday, 3 December 2015

  • 01 Dec 2015 11:06 AM | Justine McLaughlin

    As part of an international project called Pivot Dance, The Place is offering a free opportunity and is looking for individuals with an insatiable curiosity for art, dance and the process of creating a new piece of performance to form The Place Audience Club.

    Pivot Dance is a three year project looking at the values of creating dance performances in consultation with audiences, artists and producers.

    This project is running simultaneously in the UK (at The Place), Italy and The Netherlands and will culminate in the creation of six brand new pieces made with the help of an‘Audience Club’.

    The Place Audience Club is an opportunity to be part of something completely different, a unique experience and a way for YOU to impact the creation of new pieces of dance.

    Make sure you register your interest by Mon 11 Jan 2016

    Please Click here for more information here

  • 08 Nov 2015 11:49 PM | Anonymous

    What is an NHS Health Check?

    The NHS Health Check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. For adults in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition, it checks your circulatory and vascular health and what your risk of getting a disabling vascular disease is. This guide explains what happens at the check, when and how you get one, and how to lower your risk.

    Why not have a look at the Health Check guide below to find out more.....

  • 07 Oct 2015 2:13 PM | Justine McLaughlin

    Age Uk Camden

    Stay Connected with these interesting one-off courses

    (October – December 2015)



    Timings & Date

    Stay Digital: Using Cameras and Phones for Photography

    Have a camera or smartphone? Want to know how to use a computer to access your photos and send them to family and friends? This 3 hour session will show you the basics of how to do this.

    2.00pm  - 5.00pm



    Thursday 1st October 2015

    Thursday 19th November 2015

    Stay Social: Using Facebook

    Want to know what the whole Facebook-mania is about? This session will show you how to get started with Facebook, and how you can use it to keep in touch with friends, family and some of your favourite brands.

    2.00pm – 5.00pm



    Thursday 8th October 2015

    Stay in touch: Using Skype and FaceTime

    This fun 3 hour course will introduce how you can use Skype or FaceTime to make free voice calls and video calls over the internet. Very useful for keeping in touch with friends and family who live far away.


    Note: FaceTime requires you to have an iPhone or iPad with an iCloud account.

    2.00pm – 5.00pm



    Thursday 22nd October 2015

    Stay Healthy: Using NHS choices

    Come and learn how you can use NHS Choices and other websites to stay healthy and fit. Find tips for staying warm this Autumn/Winter and look up delicious and healthy recipes.

    2.00pm -5.00pm


    Thursday 5th November 2015

    Stay Active: Find and book activities online

    Looking for free or affordable things to do in Camden or London-wide? At this session, you will discover useful websites to use and learn how to find and book activities online

    2.00pm -5.00pm


    Thursday 3rd December 2015

    Gadget Clinics

    Bought a new mobile phone, laptop or tablet PC? This session provides you with the opportunity to get one to one support in solving the issues that you have with getting to grips with using your new equipment


      Note:      You are required  to book in advance


    Please make contact to book an available time slot


    Monday 2nd November 2015


    All courses take place at Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA

     To book a place, please call 0207 239 0400 or email tony.brown@ageukcamden.org.uk


     Spaces are limited so why not book a place on any of these interesting courses!!!

  • 22 Sep 2015 2:37 PM | Justine McLaughlin

    Do you live in a sheltered or care home?

    Fancy a day out at the British Museum?

    Age Friendly Museums Day

    Saturday 3rd October 2015

    10.30am – 3.30pm

    The Age Friendly Museums Network will be celebrating Age Friendly Museums Day at the British Museum. We invite local Care Homes or sheltered homes to bring their residents for an exciting day out.

    Who is this day for? We particularly welcome those who are keen to visit the museum for the first time or who would like the opportunity to return and enjoy revisiting favourite objects.  

    Can the British Museum help our residents? The British Museum is accessible to wheelchair users and has a range of resources for visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing visitors.  You can reserve wheelchairs and borrow stools to sit on. Our staff and volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to support you and your carers.

    Can I bring relatives and carers? Carers and relatives will  be welcomed to provide extra support and to share in the fun. One relative per resident though please.

    Is there disabled parking?  Yes, you will need to pre arrange this with us, but you can park in front of the main entrance.

    Venue: The Clore Education Centre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG

    Time: from 10.30 until 3.30pm

    Lunch: Visitors are requested to bring a picnic lunch. Refreshments will be provided

    Activities: The day will include object handling sessions with our Community Partnerships team and volunteers. There will also be group visits to the Age of Enlightenment gallery, Egyptian Sculpture and Greek galleries including the Parthenon Galleries or North America & Mexico rooms. Not forgetting the visit to the shop.

    How do I get involved? Book early as places are limited. Email Jane Turner:  jturner@britishmuseum.org . Why not sign up to the Age Friendly Museums Network to get to know about museums and older people in your area. Simply follow the link   http://eepurl.com/_Kbev


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